An evening with Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards

Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards will discuss the evolution of voting rights with a special focus on women’s suffrage. Additionally, Edwards will highlight changing trends among Polk County’s voters and a few important reminders about our upcoming Presidential Election. *Registration opens August 24 at  http://whplprograms.eventbrite.com

The Wedding Singer

Fridays through Sundays,  Oct 24-Nov 17. This musical is based on the 1998 film of the same name with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. Visit the Theatre Winter Haven Website for times and tickets on specific days.

Calendar Girls

Fridays through Sundays,  Oct 24-Nov 17. Written by Tim Firth and composed by Steven Parry. Based on a true story and adapted from the movie of the same name. Visit the Theatre Winter Haven Website for times and tickets on specific days.

Student Portfolio Exhibition

I Heart the Arts at Polk State

The gallery exhibit runs from April 23 – May 7. The exhibit reception is 5-7pm, April 28. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm.

Next to Normal

Music by Tom Kitt.  Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey. April 9-12 & 16-19. Thur-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm. In this intense and moving musical, the story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family.  The musical addresses grief, depression, suicide, drug abuse, […]

Saving Florida with Leslie Kemp Poole

Award-winning writer, historian and assistant professor at Rollins College, Leslie Kemp Poole, PhD, will present and overview of her book, Saving Florida. Her Presentation will focus on the role of women and organization such as the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, Florida Federation of Garden clubs, and the League of Women Voters, especially as they […]

Kinky Boots, The Musical

Fridays through Sundays,  Oct 24-Nov 17. Written by Harvey Fierstein. Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Tony award-winner for Best Musical in 2013. The musical is based on the 2005 British film Kinky Boots, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth and mostly inspired by true events, the musical tells the story of Charlie Price. […]

Rocky & Beth: Gallery Exhibit

I Heart the Arts at Polk State

The exhibit runs from March 9 – April 16. The exhibit reception is 5-7pm, March 31. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm.

Silent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson. Feb 13-16. Thur-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm. This beautiful play tells the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, the astronomer ahead of her time. It is 1900, and Henrietta has the opportunity to work at Harvard University as a human computer, one of Dr. Edward Pickering’s “harem,” mapping the stars but receiving no scientific […]

African American History Month: Kent McAllister/Junkyard

I Heart the Arts at Polk State

This exhibit runs from Feb 3-27. Exhibit Reception: 5-7pm, Feb 4. Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm.

Polk Arts Alliance

PO Box 727 Bartow, FL 33831-0727 director@polkarts.org (863) 804-0494